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From cancer survivor to commercial astronaut, Hayley Arceneaux recounts epic journey in new memoir

Physician assistant and commercial astronaut Hayley Arceneaux in space
Courtesy of Hayley Arceneaux
Physician assistant and commercial astronaut Hayley Arceneaux in space

This episode of Louisiana Considered aired on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Here's what it featured:

With so much conversation about coastal erosion in Louisiana, sediment diversions have come to the forefront as one of the tools to preserve and build up land. But the science behind it is often murky and confusing to the public. Rachel Rhode of theEnvironmental Defense Fund tells us more about breaking down the science of sediment diversion into something a little more approachable.

In September of 2021, Hayley Arcenaux became the youngest American to travel to space at the age of 29. While she no longer holds that specific title, the St. Francisville native and cancer survivor is also the first known Cajun in space and the first person in space with a prosthetic body part. And when she’s not orbiting earth, she is a physician assistant at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Arceneaux joins us today for more capturing her amazing journey in her new book, Wild Ride: a Memoir of IV Drips and Rocket Ships.

But first, after 24 years, NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson will retire at the end of the month. WWNO’s Patrick Madden tells us more about Ferguson’s more than two decades of service, and why finding a replacement will be more challenging for the mayor than in previous years.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and  Aubry Procell.

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.